The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
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Articles | Volume XLIV-4/W3-2020
23 Nov 2020
 | 23 Nov 2020


Z. Nassr, N. Sael, and F. Benabbou

Keywords: Pre-processing, Arabic Dialect, Sentiment mining, Stop-words, Stemming, Lemmatization, Tokenization

Abstract. Sentiment Analysis concerns the analysis of ideas, emotions, evaluations, values, attitudes and feelings about products, services, companies, individuals, tasks, events, titles and their characteristics. With the increase in applications on the Internet and social networks, Sentiment Analysis has become more crucial in the field of text mining research and has since been used to explore users’ opinions on various products or topics discussed on the Internet. Developments in the fields of Natural Language Processing and Computational Linguistics have contributed positively to Sentiment Analysis studies, especially for sentiments written in non-structured or semi-structured languages. In this paper, we present a literature review on the pre-processing task on the field of sentiment analysis and an analytical and comparative study of different researches conducted in Arabic social networks. This study allowed as concluding that several works have dealt with the generation of stop words dictionary. In this context, two approaches are adopted: first, the manual one, which gives rise to a limited list, and second, the automatic, where the list of stop words is extracted from social networks based on defined rules. For stemming two, algorithms have been proposed to isolate prefixes and suffixes from words in dialects. However, few works have been interested in dialects directly without translation. The Moroccan dialect in particular is considered as the 5th dialect studied among Arabic dialects after Jordanian, Egyptian, Tunisian and Algerian dialects. Despite the significant lack in studies carried out on Arabic dialects, we were able to extract several conclusions about the difficulties and challenges encountered through this comparative study, as well as the possible ways and tracks to study in any dialects sentiment analysis pre-processing solution.